Ditzingen (Germany) March 15, 2010 - "Hybrid is the buzzword in the automobile industry. And it is for us, too. That's because the hospital world is increasingly centered on what we call hybrid ORs," Harald Völker, Head of the Medical Technology Division of the TRUMPF Group, says about one of the leading trends of hospital planning. About this "Hybrid OR of the Future" about 150 hospital architects and planners informed themselves on March 10, 2010, at the experts’ forum at TRUMPF corporate headquarters in Ditzingen, Germany.
This event took place because of high interest from architects and planners. "At the MEDICA 2009 trade show, we offered our customers an exclusive series of presentations on this topic at our booth," said Gabriele Münch, TRUMPF Director of Sales in Germany. "The event was so successful that we are now repeating it in Ditzingen in a much larger space."
Hybrid ORs are operating rooms that can be used for a combination of elaborate diagnostics, such as those requiring an MRI or CT, as well as for open surgical procedures. "Whether a special multi-purpose intervention, conventional OR or even a pure diagnosis, hybrid ORs have a multitude of uses for diverse medical disciplines and specialties. The crux of the hybrid OR is exact planning. Only those who sit down beforehand and discuss in detail what their requirements are and what type of procedures will be performed in the OR can design it to best to meet their needs. Then the room can be seamlessly integrated into the central OR department, taking into account all hygiene and workflow issues." Christian Tebel, Head of Professional Services at TRUMPF Medical Systems, said in summarizing the presentations.
Six presenters from the medical technology industry and the hospital sector shared their experiences and expertise on hybrid ORs with architects and hospital planners.
Marcus Drews, Sales Director, Surgery Europe, at Philips Healthcare explained the increasing requirements for intra-operative imaging through new, minimally invasive procedures and introduced hybrid OR solutions from Philips.
Blerim Pruthi, Medical Technology Planner at Siemens AG, presented information on basic planning and equipment for hybrid ORs.
Christian Tebel explained the interdisciplinary use of hybrid rooms for pre-, intra-, and post-operative imaging. In his presentation he underscored one important factor concerning the various space and personnel requirements. A top priority for the interdisciplinary use of a hybrid OR is an OR table that can be universally used and flexibly configured.
Thomas Fritsch from HT Labor+Hospitaltechnik AG pointed out the use of MRIs and CTs in the OR are increasing the radiation protection requirements and therefore changing the construction standards for operating rooms.
For the OR team, work with intra-operative diagnostics has become routine and is now a permanent aspect in everyday neurosurgery, said Dr. Thomas Schmidt in his presentation, discussing the integrated magnetic resonance tomography and neuro navigation, "BrainSUITE," a unique installation used by the neurosurgery department at the Günzburg Regional Hospital, which is part of the University of Ulm, Germany.
Dr. Bernd Kasprzak from the Clinic for Vascular Surgery at St. Francis Hospital in Münster, Germany, already has seven years of experience with a hybrid OR. "The hybrid OR set-up has helped to considerably expand our range of treatment options, increase external assignments, improve treatment quality and increase employee satisfaction, " he said in his presentation.
The forum concluded with a tour of TRUMPF offices to better acquaint visitors with the company, which many had previously known only for its medical technology products such as OR lights and OR tables. The tour gave the visitors a glimpse of TRUMPF's core business – machine tools for sheet metal processing. They learned that the TRUMPF Group ranks as one of the world's largest leading companies in production technology and is the world market leader in industrial laser technology due to its continuous process optimization in development, production and administration. The hybrid OR is also a good example of process optimization that is gaining ground worldwide and is likely to continue growing in the future.